FIRST ON THE BLOG: One station in Southeast Minnesota is expanding its primetime news but it comes at a cost to its morning news.
Starting later in the Fall, KXLT 47 will expand its current half-hour 9:00 p.m. newscast to a full hour. FOX 47 News at 9:00 is produced by KTTC 10 (NBC) under a shared services agreement (SSA). On weeknights, it will expand to an hour while remaining a half-hour on Sundays with still, no broadcast on Saturdays. KXLT newcomer Maddy Wierus will anchor the expanded newscast from 9:00-10:00 p.m.
This will also come 20 years after 9:00 p.m. news was launched by KXLT via KTTC back in November of 1999.
Meanwhile, it comes at a cost as FOX in the Morning, the half-hour morning newscast at 8:00 a.m., will come to an end on Friday, Sept. 27th with anchor Jack Keenan leaving to move to KTTC’s sister station in Fort Wayne, Ind. (WPTA 21 – ABC/NBC/MNT).
SagamoreHill (owners of KXLT) CEO, Louis Wall:
“Loyal news viewers in our area are always looking for more local news from trustworthy resources. Our ratings for FOX 47 have continued to show a lot of people turn to us for news and information in the evening and that number keeps growing.”
So take note if you live in the region as hour-long weeknight primetime news is coming to your market.